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Eric Reid Protests Anthem Before First Game Back

By Malcolm Speaks

Eric Reid continues to protest despite being signed.

Eric Reid continues to protest despite being signed.

This past Sunday, Eric Reid played his first game this season as a Carolina Panther and continued to protest during the US national anthem by taking a knee. The Panthers beat the New York Giants 33-31 in Charlotte, NC.

The former Pro Bowl defensive back is also suing the NFL over collusion for keeping him out of the league because of protests with Colin Kaepernick.

During this past offseason, Reid went unsigned by all 32 teams after becoming a free agent, while only one team, the Cincinnati Bengals, even brought Reid in for a workout. Bengals’ owner Mike Brown allegedly asked Reid for assurance that he would not kneel during games. Reid refused and he went unsigned.

However, the Carolina Panthers finally signed Reid on September 28 and he played in their first game of the season this past Sunday when the Panthers’ pulled off a last-second victory. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said after the game that all he cares about is winning and he has Reid’s back.

“Anything he stands for as a teammate, I stand with him,” Newton said to reporters after the game. “I didn’t see a distraction today. You have to respect it.”

Reid also spoke about being back in the league and on the field while Kaepernick remains out of the league.

“It’s bittersweet,” Reid told reporters after the game. “We won the game, but Colin is home with my kids. He should be playing.”

Reid said that he told head coach Ron Rivera before the game that he would kneel and added that he was not asking for permission. Kaepernick chimed in on Twitter and acknowledged two other players, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins, who continue to kneel during the anthem.

Explaining his decision to kneel, Reid said after the game that the country has “made no progress” with regard to police killings and social justice in general.

“We’ve made baby steps, but people try to give crumbs and present them as cakes,” he said when interviewed by the Charlotte Observer. “So you can come at me with all the hate you want, but it doesn’t change the fact of the truth.”

Eric Reid knelt alongside former 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick during the anthem to protest the police killings of black people and people of color throughout the 2016 season. Reid continued to play for the 49ers last season and continued the protest.

Review: Pose

By Denmark Prosser

Pose harkens back to the 1980s New York ball scene.

Pose harkens back to the 1980s New York ball scene.

We have eventually reached the dog days of summer. This period is characterized by barbecues, hanging outside with your peeps, and all sorts of outdoor activities. Given this conventional wisdom, it is also a rather slack time for television viewing. Yet at the same time, it is a period when networks debut new shows to take advantage of a time when competition is more friendly. While many such experiments miss their mark, sometimes viewers strike gold. This is definitely the case with Pose.

The new show (well relatively new, it’s about six episdoes in. My bad, I came [fashionably] late to the party) is featured on FX and is largely the brainchild of Ryan Murphy. Although a White man known for shows such as Nip/Tuck and Scream Queens, he has shown signs of allyship. All of the profits that come from Pose is donated to LGBTQ charities. And although the show has a number of White execs, it also includes producers of color who either belong to or have shown a commitment to the LGBTQ community. This includes New York Times best-selling author Janet Mock and up and coming filmmaker Steven Canals.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way, the show is ostensibly about the New York City ball scene in the 1980s. Yet, fittingly this is only a facade that lures viewers to the world inhabited by queer people of color. The characters grapple with the interlocking oppressions of racism and heteronormative patriarchy. These unjust systems are exacerbated in Ronald Reagan’s America where unequal distributions of wealth were unabashedly en vogue enough to give birth to the celebrity of Donald Trump (who is vaguely featured in the show).

While these themes are unmercifully villainous, perhaps the deadliest monster

Tell Them We Are Continuing

By Free Radicalindex

HBCU alumni make up one of the most dangerous constituencies in the USA. This immensely proud group is informed, relatively well resourced, and has an extensive social media and traditional network base. Capturing the narrative of such a group is a big risk that if executed correctly could yield great rewards. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson’s Tell Them We Are Rising, attempts to do just that. The documentary, which attempts to provides the more than century long history of HBCUs, in many ways successfully demonstrates the valuable contributions these institutions made while also examining their shortcomings. Yet, Tell Them We Are Rising is far from perfect and has received its fair share of criticisms, many of which are legitimate.

I strongly encourage you to view Tell Them We Are Rising yourself and draw your own conclusions. Whether we choose to love it or hate the film, the fact remains that it should not be the last word on HBCUs. Not because it is so inadequate, but there is no one documentary that can capture the HBCU experience. Watching the documentary made this point clear to me, but also particular issues that subsequent offerings should include. They are as follows:

1)Greater Balance- Tell Them We Are Rising left me wanting more. Such can be expected when telling a 150 year history in 90 minutes. Greater breadth would allow for additional case studies than the Fisk student uprising to symbolize the New Negro Movement on HBCU campuses and the 1972 tragic Southern shooting to showcase Black Power.

Additional treatments would also allow filmmakers to better trace the evolution of HBCUs better. Otherwise some would not know that the Fisk uprising was one of several or how it led to the gradual presence of Black administrators at HBCUS, including Fisk’s own first Black President, Charles Johnson, in 1944. It might also give viewers a more nuanced discussion of Tuskegee  and its founding principal Booker T. Washington, who was described as promoting a kind of “neoslavery.” Such a discussion could yield how the institution went from the leading institution of the controversial “industrial” style of education to becoming the home of some of the leading thinkers ,innovators, and pioneers among not only HBCUs but the world over. Red tails anyone?

2) Speak About Diversity

Tell Them We Are Rising, like many other treatments of HBCUs portray the institutions as if they are some sort of separate, excusive entity. In some ways they are correct as the colleges are almost all predominantly Black. Yet within this sea of Blackness, you have people of African descent from literally all parts of the world. Any HBCU that has a Caribbean club, or any student that has eaten fufu or Jollof rice for the first time can surely attest to this fact. Leaving out such an important detail can lead one to believe that Blackness is monolithic, a notion that is quickly dispelled whenever entering Black spaces such as HBCUs.

2) Include More Women

When an institution such as HBCUs with such a disproportionate enrollment of women, this subject of inquiry is definitely deserving of a closer look. Topics to be addressed include but are not limited to the corps of women faculty members, the spectacular ascendance of Spelman, and the curious fact that an institution which is in desperate need of more women presidents still somehow remains an incubators for future women leaders.

4) Hold White Supremacy’s Feet to the Fire

When discussing HBCUs, and their development, it must be told that this dramatic experiment occurred despite continuous state divestment and financial neglect which carries on to this day. Often times, Tell Them We Are Rising portrayed HBCUs as if they operated in a universe of their own making. This portrayal fails to give credence to the way that federal and state policies have and still shape Black higher education.

5) Return to the Classroom

There were plenty of stories about the culture, extracurricular activities, etc. but not enough about the genius of the faculty, administrators, and students at HBCUs. Save for the brilliant legal strategy of Charles Hamilton Houston and Howard’s Law School, the film said very little about the other innovations that were made on HBCU campuses. Subsequent work must tackle the work, both mundane and miraculous, that produced the likes of W.E.B. Dubois (Fisk), Ida B. Wells-Barnett(Rust), Martin Luther King Jr. (Morehouse), Oprah Winfrey (Tennessee State), Microsoft Board Chairman John Thompson (FAMU), etc.

May all future work on such an institution get it right or come as close as possible to doing so in the process. Because now (perhaps it has always been so), the stakes are too high.

LaVar Ball Pulls Son LiAngelo Out of UCLA

By MCNS Staff

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball

LaVar Ball told espn.com that he has pulled his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA and its basketball program before he played even one game.

“We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s out of there.”

The news was first reported by TMZ.com.

A freshman and the middle son of LaVar, LiAngelo Ball was one of three student athletes who were arrested and detained in China for a shoplifting incident that sparked international attention. They were suspended indefinitely by the school following the incident.

“I’m not sitting back and waiting,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He wasn’t punished this bad in China.”

The elder Ball had previously stated that LiAngelo would only stay at UCLA for one season, even if he wasn’t a projected draft pick. His older brother Lonzo played one season there before being drafted No. 2 by the LA Lakers.

“He’s not transferring to another school,” he told ESPN. “The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA draft.”

“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have,” LaVar Ball said.

According to national reports, the three players are subject to review for violating the university’s Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft.

The players’ indefinite suspensions include not being allowed to suit up, practice or take team trips with the Bruins.

“We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here,” LaVar Ball has said of the suspension.